Robert Mondavi is one of the most famous names in the entire wine world and has been for decades. The winery was founded in 1966 by winemaking pioneer Robert Mondavi, whose vision was to create Napa Valley wines that could stand in the company of the world’s finest.
It was the first major winery built in Napa Valley in the three decades following the repeal of Prohibition, Robert Mondavi Winery created the foundation for the modern-day California wine industry.
Today, Robert Mondavi Winery continues to pursue the fullest expression of Napa Valley terroir in wines that are also varietally authentic. Mondavi chose to situate his estate next to To Kalon Vineyard, one of the most coveted wine growing parcels in the world, known for producing award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon.
Using 100% fruit from Oakville with 97% coming from To Kalon Vineyard in the 2018 vintage, the ‘Oakville Estates’ bottling flashes its signature richness. It’s deep and powerful with flavors of blackberry, anise, fresh tobacco, and dark chocolate mingle with sweet oak spices, nutmeg, and clove. The wine is firmly structured by velvety, age-worthy tannins. I’d think it has another 15-25 years easy. She’s a beauty and the best price you’re going to find on To Kalon Vineyard for Cabernet by a mile!
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94 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville is a step up and comes all from the To Kalon Vineyard in Oakville. It has a terrific array of cassis and caramelized cherry fruits intermixed with notes of flowers and tobacco. Medium to full-bodied, light on its feet, and wonderfully balanced, it offers more precision, purity, and class than the base Napa release and will keep for 10-15 years.
93 Points, Wine Spectator
Rich and seductive in feel, with a lovely swath of loamy-edged steeped plum and blackberry compote flavors, backed with flashes of anise and sweet bay leaf. A loamy edge extends nicely in lockstep with the fruit on the finish. Textbook Oakville Cabernet. Best from 2022 through 2034.